Sunday, April 01, 2007


Financial Fibbery

From reading this article you could be forgiven for thinking that Jo Swinson was saying the Fibs were appalled at MPs getting £10,000 a year in expenses to 'communicate' with their constituents:

Liberal Democrat Jo Swinson said: "It is a huge amount of taxpayers' money that is not warranted to be spent on this."

That's certainly the image this Fib blogger wanted to give:

Here’s the full roll-call of honour of those Lib Dem MPs who did oppose the allowance:

Baker, Norman; Barrett, John; Brooke, Annette; Bruce, rh Malcolm; Carmichael, Mr. Alistair; Clegg, Mr. Nick; Farron, Tim; Goldsworthy, Julia; Harris, Dr. Evan; Heath, Mr. David; Holmes, Paul; Horwood, Martin; Howarth, David; Hughes, Simon; Huhne, Chris; Laws, Mr. David; Leech, Mr. John; Öpik, Lembit; Rennie, Will-lie; Sanders, Mr. Adrian; Stunell, Andrew; Swinson, Jo; Taylor, Matthew; Webb, Steve.

The full list from the division lobby of ayes and noes is available here.

Not a great link as it doesn't tell you the party of each member. However this one does and lists these Fibs as grabbing "a huge amount of taxpayers' money that is not warranted to be spent on this":

Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch & Strathspey)
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington)
Colin Breed (South East Cornwall)
Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam)
Lorely Burt (Solihull)
Vincent Cable (Twickenham)
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green)
Don Foster (Bath)
Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South)
Nick Harvey (North Devon)
Susan Kramer (Richmond Park)
Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh & Selkirk)
Greg Mulholland (Leeds North West)
Mark Oaten (Winchester)
Alan Reid (Argyll & Bute)
Daniel Rogerson (North Cornwall)
Bob Russell (Colchester)
Stephen Williams (Bristol West)
Jennifer Willott (Cardiff Central)

It will be interesting to see if Jo chides Danny in public and also doesn't take the money she says is "not warranted to be spent on this".

Ming congratulated Jo on another successful hustle on the taxpayers

Leech spends his existing parliamentary allowances on "reports" that look very much like election leaflets. And he takes paid adverts in their propoganda also.

He's a hypocrite he is that one. Surprising I know but yes he is, he really is.

He also sticks it out in places where he is not MP.
I think you've got the picture all wrong. Hes only giving her a Worthers Original!
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